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Geoffrey Baer at the beach

What to Watch in March

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March brings three separate birthday celebrations of some talented musicians, including one who grew up in Chicago. Plus we have a new Geoffrey Baer special where he leaves the city for some R&R, and two documentaries on Chicago politics and history.
Sammy Davis, Jr. backstage photo. Photo: Courtesy The Estate of Altovise Davis

What to Watch in February

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During this polar weather, watch a Nature special on an ancient people who thrived in wintry conditions, an Oscar-nominated documentary with a local connection, and profile two incredible African American performers for Black History Month – plus, the beloved Mister Rogers.
A white Andalusian horse. Photo: Aaron Munson/Handful of Films

What to Watch in January

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The first month of 2018 has compassionate looks at some of Chicago's most fascinating people, a new comedic mystery, another season of genealogical sleuthing with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a two-part Nature series. Oh yeah – and a little show called Victoria.
Fred and Violet Buckle and Reggie in the Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Production/BBC

What to Watch in December

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Celebrate two major anniversaries: Apollo 8, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon, and the centennial of a major American musical figure. Plus, enjoy a holiday special from a favorite show and a documentary about the Jewish songwriters responsible for much of our Christmas music.
Polar bear cubs playing together. Svalbard Islands. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions

What to Watch in November

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This month, there's a Nature documentary chronicling the journey of a polar bear family, a hilarious special honoring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a look at the artistic and intellectual scenes in three remarkable cities, and a look at the making of a Broadway show.
Autumnwatch New England. Photo: Denis Tangney Jr./Getty Images

What to Watch in October

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As the election approaches, watch documentaries highlighting pressing issues vital to democracy in America. Dive into the unique legacies of art and design in Chicago. Experience the splendor of autumn. Discover the incredible achievements and history of Native Americans, and more.
The Durrells in Corfu. Photo: Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE

What to Watch in September

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This September is packed with exciting shows, from a local documentary examining deindustrialization to the returns of several favorites, plus the surprising nature hiding in plain sight in cities and a documentary spotlighting healthcare that's executive produced by Ken Burns.
A Resplendent quetzal (Pharmachrus mocinno) male in flight. El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo: BBC NHU 2016

What to Watch in August

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An extraordinary tour of Mexico's fantastical landscapes, an outside look at one of Chicago's jewels, a necessary two-part Frontline documentary that serves as a corrective to headlines, a tribute to a beloved television pioneer, and a look at Northern Ireland's Troubles.
Geoffrey Baer in 10 That Changed America; Rowan Atkinson as Maigret; Marcus Samuelsson in No Passport Required; Ted Williams on the Red Sox. Photos: Christine Carreira; Getty Images.

What to Watch in July

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Geoffrey Baer introduces you to thirty more locations that changed America and how we traverse it and remember our past; Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine of immigrant communities; a surprising actor takes on the role of a classic French detective; and a baseball legend is profiled.
Endeavour; The Great British Baking Show. Photos: Jonathan Ford/Mammoth Screen for ITV and MASTERPIECE; Love Productions

What to Watch in June

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This month, two British favorites return for new seasons – the final season for one – the life and work of a trailblazing black Chicagoan is celebrated, 50 years of LGBTQ history is explored, and a legendary star is saluted by fellow musicians.
The Chinese Exclusion Act; Little Women; National Memorial Day Concert. Photos: Royal BC Museum; MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC and Playground; Capital Concerts

What to Watch in May

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This month, travel through Southeast Asia with a familiar host, celebrate reading with an adaptation of a classic novel and a book-centric special, learn about a shameful chapter of American history, honor Memorial Day, and meet a Chicagoan who has changed his many students' lives.
Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson; Carved Ivory mask-shaped hip pendant, inlaid with bronze Benin, Queen Idia, Artisit Unknown (16th century) – British Museum, London; Dishalicious. Photos: Erika Kapin/Structure Films; Nutopia Ltd; Bill Richert.

What to Watch in April

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This month, enjoy a mouth-watering new cooking show from WTTW featuring some of Chicago's top chefs; an expansive survey of humanity's astounding artistic achievements; profiles of titans of politics and science; and discover what makes cities tick.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones; Mister Rogers with Yo-Yo Ma and his son Nicholas; and Call the Midwife. Photos: Kevin Mazur; Matt Bulvony; Neal Street Productions 2018

What to Watch in March

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This month, there's a tribute to one of the most beloved figures in children's television of all time, a unique concert by The Rolling Stones, a profile of an influential but underappreciated activist, and a slew of British shows, both long-time favorites and new series.
Clockwise from top left: Pullman Porters, Condoleezza Rice in American Creed, Pinkalicious and Peterrific. Images: APT, Citizen Films, WGBH

What to Watch in February

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The story and legacy of the Pullman Porters, a documentary about a tradition enjoyed by our neighbors to the north, delightful kids' shows that are great for adults, a timely film for these divided times, and Frontline in the Middle East. February has a lot to offer.
Ann Curry in We'll Meet Again; James Baldwin at the March on Washington; The Way to Andina. Photos: David Turnley; Dan Budnik; The Way to Andina

What to Watch in January

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Sure, Victoria returns with a second season this month. But there are also some worthwile other shows: a powerful documentary about black history using James Baldwin's words, a heartfelt series from Ann Curry, and a curious local tale about a long-lost opera.
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